Night King

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Night King
Allegiance White Walkers

Played by Richard Brake
TV series Season 4 | Season 5

The Night King (or alternatively Night's King) is the leader of the White Walkers.[1] The character was possibly partly based on the legendary figure of the same name from the novels but as of yet he has only appeared in the TV series, where he is played by Richard Brake.

Game of Thrones

Season 4

The Night King first appears in a vision that Bran Stark has, when communes with a Weirwood Heart tree. He experiences a flood of images but he does not comprehend what they are. In retrospect, one of them is an image of the Night's King picking up the last of Craster's sons on an ice altar.

The last infant son of Craster is taken by a White Walker from Haunted Forest to the Lands of Always Winter, where they are awaited by the Night King and a group of thirteen black-garbed White Walkers. The baby is placed in an icy altar ringed by large icy spikes, which the Night King starts approaching. When the Night King takes the boy into his arms the baby immediately calms and then he touches the child's face with his index finger, turning his eyes icy blue and his skin to grow pale.[2]

Season 5

The Night King commands White Walkers and wights during their attack on Hardhome. He watches from one of the cliffs above the town as Jon Snow slays one of his lieutenants with Longclaw. As Jon, Tormund and the remaining defenders leave on the boat, the Night's King appears on the dock and locks eyes with Jon. With a mere raise of his arms, the Night's King raises the entirety of Hardhome's slain free folk as wights, and keeps his gaze upon Jon as the boat slips away.[3]

Behind the Scenes

When asked if there is a connection between the Night King of the White Walkers and the Night's King of legend, George R. R. Martin replied,

As for the Night's King (the form I prefer), in the books he is a legendary figure, akin to Lann the Clever and Brandon the Builder, and no more likely to have survived to the present day than they have.[4]

See also

References and Notes